European Union’s Lisbon Strategy puts highest emphasis on knowledge to become the “most dynamic competitive knowledge-based economy in the world”. To achieve the goals set at Lisbon, EU’s primary focus remains on the research, education and innovation. EU also carries out lots of programmes and support measures in this regard. The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is one such program which combines all research-related EU schemes together under a common roof. The goal is to promote growth, competitiveness and employment in the society.
The broad objectives of FP7 have been grouped into four categories: Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities. For each type of objective, there is a specific programme corresponding to the main areas of EU research policy. All specific programmes work together to promote and encourage the creation of European poles of (scientific) excellence.
General provisions for participants
Any company, university, research centre, organisation or individual, legally established in any country, may participate in a collaborative project (known as an indirect action) provided that the minimum conditions laid down in the Rules for Participation have been met, including any additional conditions laid down by specific programmes or individual work programmes.
In addition to the minimum conditions laid down in the RFP, specific programmes or work programmes may lay down conditions regarding the minimum number of participants, or additional conditions on the type of participant or place of establishment.
Last date for submitting the proposal is August 11, 2011.
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